Plastic Eating Caterpillars, Mark Ellis & Anzac Controversy – Trend Settings Ep 39


This week in trend settings, guardians of the galaxy 2 dropped, North Korea threatens Australia, one nation’s campaign in Macalister collapses in two days, Anzac Facebook controversy with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, and science finds caterpillars that eat plastic and grow lamb foetuses in bags.


Topic 1 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

The sequel to everyone’s favourite marvel cinematic universe movie, Ali and Jono have seen it and give us the run down, with no spoilers. Verdict? Mixed.

Topic 2 – North Korea Threatens Aus

This week Pyongyang stepped up its rhetoric in response to foreign minister Julie Bishops comments on North Korea, threatening to bomb Darwin. We break down what the actual threat level is from Kim Jong Un’s state, and what should be done about it.

Topic 3 – One Nations Mark Ellis

This week One Nation Candidate had one of the shortest election campaigns of all time, after it emerged that he was one of the Pinkenba 6, police officers who kind of kidnapped 3 indigenous boys, was it long enough a go that he should have another chance? Of course the threats to his family aren’t ok, but should he be running for elected office?

Topic 4 – Yassmin Abdel-Magied

This week was Anzac Day, the day we honour the men and women who have served and died for our country, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied decided it was a good time bring up refugees. While we are all for refugees, it was pretty harmful to their cause giving right wing politicians like Pauline Hansen and Peter Dutton ammunition against those who defend them. She apologised immediately, but did she do it intentionally? And should she be fired from the ABC?

Topic 5 – Plastic Eating Caterpillars & Artificial Wombs

In science news researchers observed a moth caterpillar that can consume plastic bags, which could be a huge breakthrough in dealing with waste. Yechan wants a giant caterpillar for some reason.

Scientists also managed to grow a lamb foetus in a special bag for 4 weeks, and it seems to have continued developing normally. This could be huge for saving the lives of babies born before the 27 week mark.

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